Learn how to clean your 925 sterling silver jewellery from home, using only house-hold materials. This blog is perfect for all you silver jewellery lovers (lets be honest, that’s all of us!). During times like this we are focusing on keeping our hands and homes clean from germs…. but don’t forget…. your jewellery needs cleaning too! it’s very easy to forget about cleaning your jewellery as there’s a huge uncertainty on how we do this safely without damaging our silver AND ourselves.
What you will need…
To clean your silver you’ll need to the following materials:
- The silver you want to clean
- A pan or dish deep enough to fill with enough hot water to cover the dirty silver
- Approximately 2 tsp of baking soda
- Approximately 1 cup of white malt vinegar
- A soft-bristled toothbrush
- A soft, lint-free cloth, microfibre cloths work best!
- Line a baking pan with aluminium foil. Pick a bowl/kitchen pan big enough to hold all the silver pieces you are wanting to cleaning. Use aluminium foil to line the entire pan. Make sure to cover the full interior! (This bits important)
- Boil a cup of water. Depending on the size of the bowl add boiling water so there’s enough to cover the jewellery. If you’re anything like me you’ll need a cloth to clear up any liquid you may spill!
- Mix the baking soda and white malt vinegar into your aluminium-lined bowl. Add a tablespoon of baking soda and a teaspoon of salt to your bowl. Then, slowly pour in half a cup of white vinegar.
- Add the silver to your bowl. Make sure each piece makes contact with the foil, this create a chemical reaction (aka the magical part).
- Soak the silver for about 5 minuets. Set a timer, I tend to make a cup of tea during this bit, would recommend! After the pieces are done soaking, use tongs to remove them. You should set them down on an absorbent surface, such as a paper towel.
- Rinse and buff the silver pieces. Dry the pieces using some kitchen roll. After they are dry, take a clean microfibre cloth. Gently buff the pieces using this cloth. Keep buffing until you’ve removed any dirt, debris, or tarnish and the pieces are shiny again! For extra dirty pieces, use a self bristled toothbrush to get into the nocks and crannies!
Repeat the process if necessary. Very dirty or tarnished sterling silver may not be completely clean after the first wash. If your silver is still dull and dirty, repeat the process once more! This method is for sterling silver jewellery, NOT gold plated silver!